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Global English-related digraphia and Roman-Cyrillic biscriptal practices

Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 2016. No. 236. P. 207-212.

This paper deals with the new sociolinguistic phenomenon of global English-related digraphia, or the use of the Roman script, commonly associated with English, to represent local languages alongside the native scripts. In non-English speaking communities, script alternation does not always coincide with language alternation; speakers of local languages creatively broker the resources provided by the Roman alphabet, without necessarily switching into English. The paper aims to investigate Roman- Cyrillic biscriptal practices, such as script-switching (nonce transliteration), script-mixing (grapho-hybridization) and script- ambiguation (bivalent graphic forms), the factors contributing to Roman-Cyrillic script manipulation and the socio-pragmatic purposes of its use in modern Russia are.